#### tenor_singer

##### Active Member
My community voted for a new high school building that will include an auditeria ( cafeteria with a stage in it that has acoustic walls, etc...). My questions:

1. What kind of dimming would you suggest I get... ex. should I tell the board that they should look into 2.4kw or 1.2kw dimmers and if so what is a good brand... etc.?
2. What kind of control would you suggest I get... I currently try... and fail a lot... to light a 32 x 28' stage space with 16, 1.2kw channels using 4 RD6000+ NSI portable dimmers and a 2-scene, 16 channel non-DMX controller.
3. Any suggestions that I haven't asked would also be appreciated.

Thank you!

#### Les

##### Well-Known Member
First off, Congratulations!

In my opinion, NSI Makes excellent dimmer paks, but I would choose a different brand of board. Most of NSI's boards are "entry-level" and some of the quality may be compromised. The NSI Innovator, I think, is the biggest one out there from NSI and includes VGA Monitors, encoders, and a good cue capacity with a floppy drive, but so far I haven't heard much good about this desk. If you can get your hands on an ETC Express, go for it! If your budget is lower, their Acclaims are nice, but there are only eight submasters on the 24/48 in my studio, which leaves something to be desired. In our main house, we run an Expression 3, 1024 ch. As for dimming, NSI is good in that department, but ETC's racks are also nice.
The sensor series is very common for theatrical purposes, and Unison is widely used in the architectural markets. A Strand CD-80 is also solid.
If I had my choice, I would go with ETC as much as possible; even on lighting equipment, but I will admit that their products can be hard to afford.

#### Les

##### Well-Known Member
Also, 2.4kw dimmers are best if your channel capacity is restricted. If you have more channels than lights go, with the 1.2's, and vise-versa.
Does your lighting/dimming system have to be portable?

#### tenor_singer

##### Active Member
"Also, 2.4kw dimmers are best if your channel capacity is restricted. If you have more channels than lights go, with the 1.2's, and vise-versa.
Does your lighting/dimming system have to be portable?"

Lester...